May 10 – Happy Birthday Lou Swierzowski

swiz222The first thing I remember about today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant is what a superb athlete he was as a kid. Lou Swierzowski was born on May 10, 1954, the son of Rocky and Cathy Carbone Swierzowski. He grew up with his two sisters on Swan Street. He was a solid three sport star for Bishop Scully  back in the day. He was also a Coach’s dream for Dutch Howlan because you could put him at any position in any sport and he’d handle it just fine. In football he played quarterback, ran the ball and was an excellent defensive back too. He was an outstanding pitcher for Scully’s baseball program, an excellent hitter with good power and he could also catch or play just about anywhere in the infield. He was a smart basketball player too, who could drive to the basket with the best of them and play tough tenacious defense. The other thing I clearly recall about Lou was how cleanly he competed. Don’t get me wrong, he played everything tough and hard and wanted to beat you bad but he was not a showoff or whiner and I always admired that about him. When he graduated from high school in 1972 he went up to Plattsburgh and played football and got his degree.

Professionally, he ended up getting hired by WNYT Channel 13 in Albany, NY and during the next four decades put together a solid career as a…

The rest of Lou Swierzowski’s birthday post will be published in the second editionof A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.

The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.

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